I am concerned about my graft/implant failing.

I had a graft(my bone and cadaver bone)placed on my lower left jaw for an implant in the area of tooth #19. The graft was held in place by two screws. I was told to wait 4-6 months before the implant would be placed. Three months later the oral surgeon did a check up and saw that the graft was being absorbed so he removed the screws and drilled holes to place the implant. The graft partially separated at the time the implant was placed. I was told the graft did not completely separate and was similar to a screw being screwed into a wooden 2x4 that splits but doesn't break. A short implant was placed, then capped, then the gum stitched tightly over the implant. They said this is called burying the implant. I am supposed to go back in three months to have the gum opened, the cap removed and a taller implant put in. Assuming it all does heal and the implant is firmly attached to my jaw bone, after two more months I can go have a crown placed on the implant. My concern is that the implant may fail because I worry that the graft may not attach itself properly. I suggested to the surgeon that I wait four months instead of three months for the taller implant and he said he had no problem with that. I am 70 years old and in good health. Am I overly concerned? Thank you so much in advance for your response.

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Answer: Concerned about implant and graft

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Your surgeon wants your implant to be successful and will not restore the implant if he/she feels that it is not stable enough to move forward.  Had the graft been at risk of failing, the implant surgery would not have moved forward.  You can rest assure that the surgeon will test the integrity of the implant prior to clearing you for the abutment and implant crown. 

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